Researcher - Countryfile

Competitive Salary Dependent on Experience
09 Jan 2018
14 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Graduate, Temporary
Full Time

Countryfile, regularly the most watched factual programme on any channel, is looking for researchers to work on one of the BBC's most successful brands. 

This is an exciting opportunity to research the locations and stories that make a classic Countryfile. 


  • Working to the location producers, you'll play a crucial role in shaping the main strand of the programme – the Matt Baker, Ellie Harrison, Anita Rani and feature based aspects of the show
  • The subject matter can be almost anything – as long as it relates to the countryside in some way
  • As well as the classics of wildlife, farming, heritage, crafts and the environment, we’ve also covered arts, literature, fashion and darts!
  • We’re looking for the surprising and unexpected in a landscape we all think we know so well
  • It’s also an opportunity to travel to some of the most beautiful landscapes the UK has to offer, meeting interesting people and celebrating rural Britain
  • To be tenacious, persuasive and able to find incredible and surprising countryside stories
  • To be able to set-up and schedule complex outdoor shoots
  • To be able to work under pressure to tight, relentless deadlines
  • To work as part of a team with colleagues in production, high-profile presenting talent and film crews
  • To work effectively to ensure all content is thoroughly researched and meets the BBC’s editorial standards
  • To carry out all duties in accordance with Health and Safety regulations

About You

  • You’ll have an interest in and a passion for the British countryside
  • You will have been working in production as a researcher for some time
  • You will have excellent team-working, organisational and scheduling skills
  • You will have a knowledge of the main organisations and key players who shape the UK’s rural agenda
  • You will have a knowledge of the TV production process and some technical know-how
  • You will have a knowledge of BBC Archive systems and copyright law. 

We don’t focus simply on what we do – we also care how we do it. Our values and the way we behave are very important to us. Please make sure you’ve read about our values and behaviours in the document attached below. You’ll be asked questions relating to them as part of your application for this role. 

The BBC is committed to building a culturally diverse workforce and therefore strongly encourages applications from underrepresented groups. We are committed to equality of opportunity and welcome applications from individuals, regardless of their background. 

The BBC is currently implementing a Career Path Framework which will result in employees being aligned to generic job titles and job descriptions. Therefore, successful applicants may need to be realigned to a slightly different job title shortly after joining the BBC.